This week: The Empowered Romantic HeroineEdited by: StephB
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I hope you all had a nice Mother's Day including all you doggie and kitty mommies.
I was a hard working mom and worked at the dispatch center. We went out to dinner the day after.
Spring is here and there's nothing I love more than smelling fresh flowers. My favorite flower to grow is Marigolds. I picked up a pack, I just have to find the time to plant them, now!
Memorial Day is around the corner here in the USA. Memorial Day is intended to honor the nation's military who have died in service to our country. One story I love sharing is that of the American Cemetery in the Netherlands. It's the only American military cemetery in that country. Since World War II, the Dutch have adopted graves at the cemetery. Not only do they place flowers at the graves, they research the grave they've adopted and learn about the service member and their family. What a heartwarming thank you!
I worked on this newsletter, I discovered some recent trends in the romance genre. Cowboys, babies, and billionaires continue to remain favorites. Trending are military heroes, pets, and historical romance with a Scottish setting courtesy of Outlander. However, one trend that I wanted to explore was empowered heroines.
What do we expect from our romantic heroines? I think the biggest expectation is that she's got to be a woman that the hero can fall in love with.
My sense of the romantic heroine from the past comes from the gothic genre. The heroine is young, (or older), curious, but obedient, might need to be saved, smart, but doesn’t challenge the hero or his choices too much. And if anything, I think this is the element that dates our heroine.
Moving forward, I think the traits of a romantic heroine changed over time. Heroines should think practically, have a sense of humor, be caring, loyal, be able to admit their fallibly, interesting, and comfortable in her own skin. For me, as a romance writer, that's the most important. I think a heroine succeeds and connects with readers when they're comfortable in their own skin.
Heroines come in all different shapes and sizes, but they must be believable and they must be likeable. But: QUESTION #1 do they need to empowered to connect with modern day romance readers?
QUESTION #2: Who is your favorite romantic heroine? Claire from Outlander? I’d love to hear your favorites! All mediums from TV to books, to movies accepted!
There are several "types:" the nurturer, the amazon, librarian, and seductress. I’ll take a look at each type in my upcoming Newsletter.
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Yes! Yes, yes, yes! I have put down so many books over the past several years because I can't get past the awful, entitled, asshole Alphas. To be fair, that's never been my type at all--IRL, on the page, or on the screen.
My favorite Beta heros? How about Leopold from Kate and Leopold? Christian from Moulin Rouge. Hell, even Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Though he is from an entirely different era and is often completely misunderstood to be a cold asshole who changes over time, he really is much more a bumbling, socially awkward romantic who gets in his own way. And of course, if we're talking Jane Austen, we have to mention Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility. Talk about a Beta hero!
Thanks so much for sharing. Great examples of betas!
Great NL, Steph.
Yes, I'd consider Luke Skywalker a beta hero. I think I like beta heroes much better than rough, tough, swashbuckling ones.
I would, too. If anything I hope he found time for a little love between Episode 6 and 7. Though, I have a feeling if he did, she broke his heart. (or he broke hers.) That would be interesting tale to tell!
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Interesting thoughts on the romance corner of the world. Nope, I haven't tried writing romance yet. Perhaps eventually I'll get to this and then...who knows where it will lead.
Bella and I have had a unique...well...kinda romance. Not typical but it has been an intense and close relationship.
AG! Not only have we emasculated men now we are feeding them pablum and telling them it's what women want. Let me throw this question to your question. If men were allowed to be the natural man, would they need to exert force to feel respected? Would they feel less threatened and need to assert their God give right over women and treat them with respect if they weren't pigeon holed into a box that's against their nature? Many a man, in my perception, has taken the path of least resistance and stayed with their own kind to commiserate. Yet in books women want a strong leader with some bit of respect and tenderness. There seems to be a conundrum here. Is that the BETA man? I think women need to train their boys to be boys, allow them to be Alpha men but be aware you get more with sweetness/respect for women and others in general.
Maybe this isn't for public consumption. It might blow up the site.
Nothing wrong with a little difference of opinion. It’s a great question and worth exploring. Your description sounds a bit like a “Gamma” man, (lol!!) which is a mix of alpha and beta. I’ll be exploring gammas sometime this summer. How much influence does a mother have on the kind of person her son grows up to be?
StephB is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. Her latest romance novel is “A Princess is Always Right.” Can save time from Jonas or will she muck it up when she falls in love with Jax? 4.4 stars on Amazon. “ It’s a sci-fi fantasy with so much adventure and romance, will captivate you from the first page.” – Amazon Reviewer.
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